Diet Plan After Gallbladder Surgery

I am about to have gallbladder surgery. I wanted to ask others who have had it done, what type foods or daily food plan they had to eat and stay on as to not hurt afterwards or promote diarrhea? I know all greasy foods are out, but what foods work best for digestion and do not cause diarrhea?

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Right now it is impossible to eat lettuce, cornbread, nuts, spicy foods, or corn based foods at all. I have heard that after the surgery its impossible to eat any thing dairy based which causes diarrhea. Do you basically have to eat bland processed foods (like how baby foods are made) the rest of your life so they digest well?

I was thinking puddings, jello, mashed potatoes, and pureed foods right afterwards would work well but not sure what food plan to follow for a life plan thereafter. My gallbladder is only functioning at 17% and not sure which surgery I will have, Larposcopy type or the regular kind. The only meats I like to eat are chicken and turkey. Just a few vegetables but I love fruits of most any kind. Any advice given is welcomed. Thank you.

By Julie

March 24, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Julie. I had my gall bladder removed last year on 08.12.08 by laparoscopy. Thankfully I continue the same diet as before less the fatty foods and I have not had any problems. My surgeon had said just avoid the fats. I have since eaten McDonald's and pizza as a treat and have not had problems. By removing my gall bladder my indigestion and heart burn have all gone away as well. All the best with your surgery. Regards, Pat.

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March 26, 20090 found this helpful

Oh my! You will be so happy once you get this done!! :-)

My pump function was only 5% when my gallbladder was removed. Since yours has very little function as well, your body has already learned to process without it, which is good.

I still eat everything I used to. I just have to be prepared if I have a big breakfast or after I eat the first meal of the day, because you will have to go right away. Otherwise for me it has been "business as usual." I will admit McD's does have a way of moving things along quicker, but if it doesn't bother you now, it probably won't afterward.

You know what I find funny, is the the first doctor I went to had no relation to the lettuce. He didn't think it has anything to do with my gallbladder and didn't even check for that! It was a friend of mine who had her gallbladder removed that told me about the lettuce connection. (By the way, I eat lettuce with wild abandon now! Making up for lost time!!)

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March 26, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Julie,

I used to have horrible gallbladder problems and would like to encourage you to NOT have the surgery until you have done some research on this other than the medical folks who are making money on it! . If you have gall stones it is really caused by your liver not functioning properly. So by removing the gallbladder you are just getting rid of the symptoms and not the problem. So your body's way of telling you that there is a problem is now gone.

Some simple steps to take are

1. find a healthy product called "stone free" in your health food store. it helps to disolve and prevent stones.

2. Get some supplements to support liver health

3. don't overeat! that always makes it worse.

4. apple cider or juice helps to dissolve stones as welll as with pain if you feel an attack coming on.

If you are interested you can email me.

evranch 6 @ g mail . com

God bless you!

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I had my gall bladder removed several years ago. It came on suddenly with no forewarning, but I was literally dying when they wheeled me in. Now I eat just about any thing I want. I go very easy on fats on the doctors instructions, but that is the only concession that I have had to make.

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I had my gallbladder removed last year due a large number of gall stone attacks. I had been hospitalized 9 times prior to them performing the surgery. Prior to the removal, I could hardly eat anything, but after the surgery, I could eat most of everything I wanted. Once year now since my gallbladder removal and it was the best thing I ever did.

It has been almost a year since my surgery, and to this day I am not a big fan of high fat foods, but once in awhile, I will have a pizza or other high fat food and I never had any issues with it.

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I think this is a question for your surgeon or a dietician; however, staying with healthy low-fat, high-fiber foods should do it. I still have my gallbladder as I refused to have it taken out. This kind of diet serves me well and has allowed me to lose a significant amount of weight (which I think helped too.)

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I went through six years of painful gall stone attacks, but once my gall bladder and a stone in the duct were removed, I didn't have to change my diet in any way. I don't eat a high fat diet anyway, but even when I do indulge in something high fat I don't have any digestive problems.

I think you should talk to your doctor and then see how your own body reacts to different foods.

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with everyone who says life will be better after the problem is gone! Nothing, including milk products, causes an issue now with the exception of high fat foods and even that is a short term problem. As for doing the research suggested, I believe everyone should always do research before any surgery. And while you are doing it, make sure to find out what a bad gallbladder can do to your pancreas which is something that can't be removed! The most important advise given was talk to your doctor!

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful

My husband had his gallbladder removed about 6 years ago & the only change he has had to make was cutting out raw onions. As long as they're cooked he's fine. Good Luck with you're surgery!

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March 28, 20090 found this helpful

thank you everyone for your help and info. I talked with the surgeon since I posted my request here and my gallbladder is only functioning at 17% and no gallstones its just not working and has not been for a few years getting worse. I'm in constant pain with all foods now effecting it so she is doing the Laparoscopic surgery this friday. She said I should be able to tolerate anything afterwards just cut out greasy foods. I guess time will tell. I just want relief so at this point anything is welcomed. Please pray for me with a healthy successful surgery. Thank You Again & God Bless> Julie

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March 29, 20090 found this helpful

By the time my gallbladder was removed it had gone gangrenous and I ended up with a huge wound, drains and drips on intensive care. After 2 days when they moved me onto a ward I found I could eat whatever I felt like.

I stay away from very fatty foods - they do cause problems, but once it's out you'll feel so much better. Good luck, Ailz

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March 29, 20090 found this helpful

I had mine out 15 years ago. NO diet change whatsoever. No problems at all with what I eat. But I suggest checking with your dr!

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March 30, 20090 found this helpful

I do not know where you got your information but let me tell you..I had mine out two years ago. I did not have a choice. It was infected and really bad. I only have found that greasy food is the worst to be tolerated and if you are careful you do not have to give it up all together..Long are the days of greasy fried chicken and such as that but we do not need that anyway. I still eat fries but I really limit my fats other wise. Nuts, cornbread and all the rest are just fine.

The doctor can give you something for nausea if you experience it and yes you will notice a tiny difference in when you go to the bathroom. But it is not a bad thing.. You just will go more easily... If you get my drift! I never had any diarrhea just loose sometimes. I would not take anything for having my surgery. I was one sick person before I did and now I am just fine. A lot of dinners we have cheese, walnuts, apple and orange.. So you will not have to give up much of anything that you do not want to. You will feel so much better. Chris

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